Information on Appointees

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Date July 22, 1791
Author Name George Washington (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary The President asks for information on appointees. Habersham is mentioned.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Marked "Confidential".
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; George Washington; William Houston; Colonel Joseph Habersham; John Houston; Associate Judge for the Supreme Court of the United States; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; United States; ;
Keywords confidential; channel; rate of abilities; man of arrangement; enquiry; law abilities and knowledge; law; circumstances; ;
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PrivateMajr Genl Knox
V.V.V.July 1791ConfidentialThe President of the U.S.
Philadelphia July 22d 1791
Dear Sir, (Confidential)
If, without disclosing the object in the smallest degree, you can come at (from Mr. William Houston or through any other channel by the [undecipherable] you relie) the rate of abilities possessed by Colo (Joseph?) Habersham--to what they would most usefully apply--whether he is a man of arrangement--of Industry &c you would oblige me in making the enquiry.---I wish also to be informed if the means of accomplishing it should be within your reach of the law abilities and knowledge generally of Mr. John Houston in case circumstances might encite me to look to that quarter for an Associate Judge for the Supreme Court of the United States.--
Your sincerelyG. Washington
Genl Knox